Jaguar Land Rover is currently developing technology that will utilize cloud computing to push data from vehicles to not only other connected vehicles but municipal authorities. This technology takes its MagneRide platform a step forward. In-vehicle sensors record the location and severity of road hazards such as pot holes or manhole covers. This data is then pushed from the vehicle from which it was obtained onto a cloud computing platform where it is then available to other connected cars within the system as well as municipal authorities.
This information will help other connected drivers avoid the same hazards as well as giving local repair authorities vital information as to which areas of roads need priority maintenance.
Mike Bell, global connected car director for Jaguar Land Rover, said these developments will “allow the vehicle to profile the road surface under the wheels and identify potholes, raised manholes and broken drain covers. By monitoring the motion of the vehicle and changes in the height of the suspension, the car is able to continuously adjust the vehicle’s suspension characteristics, giving passengers a more comfortable ride over uneven and damaged road surfaces.”
While communication with street authorities is still being designed, MagneRide technology is currently available in both the Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport vehicles.
This technology exemplifies a practical application of cloud technology, which is often viewed on a large scale perspective without practical use being considered. This technology will not only help drivers as they drive through more hazardous roads, but will help repair the roads as well.
Bell also noted that this technology could also be another step toward driver-less cars, which Google has seen great success with.
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